The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

Our Mission: ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

The Benefits of Membership

ARSL proudly supports and represents rural & small library staff. We welcome library staff of all kinds, partners, and ally organizations to learn more about ARSL membership. 

Become a Member

ARSL Annual Conference

ARSL's annual conference is the premiere conference for rural and small library professionals, advocates, and supporters. Mark your calendars for 2021 to join us October 20-23 in beautiful Reno/Sparks, Nevada!

2021 Conference
 

 ARSL Conference Updates

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference!

Virtual Registration

There's still time to register for virtual attendance! Can’t make it to Sparks this year for the full conference experience? You have the opportunity to register for virtual access! You can experience live streams of keynote events and featured sessions, watch a selection of on-demand virtual sessions, and network with both virtual and in-person attendees through the Whova conference app.

Registration for virtual access to the conference will remain open through the end of October; on-demand virtual sessions will be accessible through the end of 2021.

Consider joining ARSL when you register! With our lowest membership tier priced at only $15 annually, qualifying conference attendees who join ARSL when they register can unlock all of the benefits of membership for the same price they would have paid as a nonmember!

Member Virtual Registration: $50   Nonmember Virtual Registration: $75      Advocate* Virtual Registration: $25

  *Advocates include library Trustees, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference!

8/23/2021 Update: ARSL Board Votes to Require Proof of Vaccination

In the interest of ensuring the safety of our attendees and presenters, and based on the best available information from the CDC regarding large indoor gatherings, the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries has voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to attend the 2021 ARSL Conference in person. You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after your second shot if you receive(d) two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after you receive(d) a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

Attendees who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be denied admission to the conference. If you have been advised against receiving the COVID-19 vaccination by your doctor, you may provide documentation of that medical exemption on official clinic or hospital letterhead in lieu of a vaccination card. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination are invited to join us for the virtual conference experience. The ARSL office will be glad to assist you in changing your registration as needed; no administrative fees will be charged to registrants as a result of these changes.

We hope that this decision will help our attendees feel more secure attending our in-person event, and we look forward to reconnecting and growing with you this October.

Please direct any questions to the ARSL office at [email protected].


ARSL Statement on Anti-Racism

Because Black lives matter and library professionals can be agents of change in rural and small communities across the nation, ARSL urges our members to stand up and speak out to end systemic oppression and police brutality. The ARSL Board of Directors is in active discussion about how we will commit to anti-racist work within our association.

Silence is compliance.